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Jonesboro, AR -- Marsha Mays Reporting

Natalee Holloway's Mother Speaks at ASU

JANUARY 28, 2007 -- POSTED AT 7:30 P.M. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- The days continue to pass since the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, the teenage girl from Birmingham, Alabama who vanished on her senior trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba. Today, her mother is still searching and holding onto hope that she'll find answers and she's also spreading her message to others. She was in Jonesboro Sunday on the campus of ASU to tell her story and teach young adults about traveling internationally.

"I think what I bring to them is a compelling story and it shows the challenges that we faced in searching for a loved one and I think that they can all see themselves in Natalee's shoes or they could all see themselves as me being their parent," says Beth Holloway Twitty, Natalee's mother.

She is now the President and CEO of the International Safe Travels Foundation, an organization committed to teaching youth about traveling outside the U.S. borders. Her speech Sunday at ASU is just one of many she's given around the country, speaking to over 15,000 high school and college students about international travel.

"The more we can educate ourselves then the safer we can make international travel. What I'm trying to do is just pull something out of Natalee's tragedy and turn it into something positive and reach out to other people," says Twitty.

A big part of her presentation focuses on hope and her faith, what she calls her foundation.

"Still to this day, when I have people see me in an airport or maybe they see me at a venue where I speak, and they tell me that our family is still included in our thoughts and prayers and that is what has sustained us this entire journey," says Twitty.

A journey that to this day is on-going.

"You're always going to remain hopeful that you'll get to the bottom of it or get an answer. Now whether they'll be justice, no we don't really think about that too much anymore. I think we just try to stay focused on is we would still like our original plan from the beginning is get to the bottom of it, what happened and some answers," says Twitty.

Link to the International Safe Travels Foundations Website:  

www.internationalsafetravelsfoundation.org

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